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Saturday 28th January 2017
HARMONICA WORKSHOP : 2-4pm
Did you ever fancy a go at the Harmonica? Now's your chance - suck it and see - it's jolly good fun!
Ben Hewlett is an internationally acclaimed harmonica instructor, corporate team-builder and performer who went down a storm here at last year's Blues Fest.
Ben will start by demonstrating amazing Blues Harmonica. He gives some history of the harmonica, plays some unusual harmonicas, outlines the session and tells a few anecdotes. Then it's our turn. We'll learn how to hold the instrument and breathe in and out. Next he teaches a progressive series of Blues pieces by ear. They start very simply with a Blues shuffle and a Muddy Waters lick. All are really easy to learn. We learn some musical fun things on the way and Ben invites volunteers to solo over the chorus. He then teaches the 12 bar blues slowly and then adds some easy but effective arrangements. It ends with a massive musical climax using Blues Brothers music style piece with everyone standing up performing and wearing dark glasses (please bring if you can!)
Harmonicas (diatonic, 10hole, in C) will be provided on the day at discounted cost between £10-15 or feel free to bring your own.
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